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Requirements for the master's degree with a major in speech-language pathology

Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than communicative disorders (e.g., psychology, linguistics) typically need to complete undergraduate prerequisite course work in communication sciences and disorders before applying and/or being admitted to a graduate program in speech-language pathology.

Prerequisite Course Work

  • An bachelor’s degree.
  • Course work in speech-language-hearing must include the following: physics of speech: principles of speech science; principles of hearing science, fundamentals of clinical phonetics, language analysis lab, language development, introduction to audiological assessment and rehabilitation, introduction to speech-language pathology, research methods in speech-language-hearing, statistics.
  • Additional requirements for certification by the American Speech Hearing Association include course work in biological sciences, physical sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Courses in biological and physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders cannot be applied to this requirement.

Degree Requirements

The program requires 34 credit hours of experiences for breadth and an additional 12 to 16 hours for depth.

Required Graduate Experiences for Breadth (34)
SPLH 860 Evaluation of Speech and Language 2
SPLH 862 Clinical Processes1 2
SPLH 864 Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology2 7
SPLH 868 Professional Issues3 2
SPLH 888 Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing I 1
SPLH 889 Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing II 1
Research experience (thesis or nonthesis option) 3
SPLH electives (8 seminars, 2 credit hours each) 16
Required Graduate Experiences for Depth (12-16)
SPLH 866 Field Study in Speech-Language Pathology 5
Advanced electives (SPLH, outside department, or thesis) 6
Second field study or fourth practicum experience 1-5

1This course is taken twice for a total of 2 credit hours.
2This course is taken more than once for a total of 7 credit hours.
3This course is taken more than once for a total of 2 credit hours.

Other requirements:

  • Pass both formative and summative exams (including thesis defense if applicable).

Program Without Thesis

The non-thesis program has the same degree requirements as those described above for the master's degree, except that the thesis is replaced with a minimum of three credits of additional research-related course work, a research practicum experience, or an independent study course. The latter two options may include independent research projects or ongoing laboratory activities.

Graduate Courses

Many graduate courses are offered. Please consult the student handbook and KU Academic Catalog for additional information.

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Application deadline

January 5 is the deadline for all materials to be submitted for summer or fall semester admission.

Due to the competitive nature of admission to this program, all materials must be received by the deadline to qualify for consideration. Official transcripts will be requested later during the admission process.